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Paul Rusch in Postwar Japan

Evangelism, Rural Development, and the Battle Against Communism

Andrew T. McDonald, Verlaine Stoner McDonald


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Paul Rusch first traveled from Louisville, Kentucky, to Tokyo in 1925 to help rebuild YMCA facilities in the wake of the Great Kanto earthquake. What was planned as a yearlong stay became his life's work as he joined with the Japan Episcopal Church to promote democracy and Western Christian ideals. Over the course of his remarkable life, Rusch served as a college professor and Episcopal missionary, and he was a catalyst for agricultural development, introducing dairy farming to highland Japan.

University Press of Kentucky, 9780813176079, 296pp.

Publication Date: December 7, 2018

About the Author

Andrew T. McDonald is a journalist who has traveled to Japan and written articles about KEEP for the Lexington Herald-Leader and Richmond Register. Verlaine Stoner McDonald is professor of communication at Berea College. She is also the author of The Red Corner: The Rise and Fall of Communism in Northeastern Montana.